Saturday, February 27, 2016


A new residential building has been erected at the junction of a main road with a side road. It's a circular building, and although not completely finished, it attracts the attention of passers- by like magnet, due to  its quite attractive exterior. 

Location - not ideal, because of the intensive traffic on the two adjacent roads. However, it's centrally positioned and the neighborhood is considered a good one.  A two minutes drive gets you to a railway station and a mall on one side, and to a Tel-Aviv metropolitan area cemetery {Kiryat Shaul} on the other side. (Strange coincidence - the only other residential circular building I can remember seeing, is also placed near a cemetery (in Ghivataim city, Nahalat Yitzhak neighborhood - but it's a much lower building).

the junction

Architects claim that  a round building has  advantages over a standard rectangular one : it is seismically more resistant, it is structurally more efficient (no dead corners), it is also energy efficient in that it withstands better storms, heat, cold; hence lower utility bills. Even the construction and maintenance costs are said to be lower.

So why is this type of building  scarce , at least in my neck of the woods? How come the Rotunda (round) architecture is not more prevailing in this part of the world?

Perhaps it has to do with some interior issues: they say standard furniture doesn't go too well with curved walls, there's need for custom made furniture; straight walls are better for hanging on pictures, etc.. In addition, for some reason, it's hard to get a planning permit, and bureaucracy, as one knows, kills projects.

Personally, I would love to live in a circular house. I would feel proud to dwell in such a sort of unique structure.